“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly”
This, the final sentence of today’s Gospel for “Good Shepherd Sunday,” challenging us to ask- do we have more life because of our relationship with God?
During these challenging days, it is expected to feel those real, yet draining emotions, that take away life- such as fear, anxiety, and sorrow
These are important to name, to own, and to feel.
However, we are invited to not stay here- and instead, to grow and to rise from these “little deaths.”
A relationship with God invites us to live- with peace. It is a “deeper knowing” that we are not alone, that God invites us to rest in God’s love.
What is it like for you to rest in God’s love?
In the past, when have you felt God’s presence in your life?
I often find God’s love in service- in caring for our human community. So many are modeling this for us in their generous spirit and sharing of gifts and talents.
I also feel God’s love when others offer kindness to me.
Over the past month as we prepare for our daughter’s entry into the world, my family has been the recipients of many messages of love, generosity via meals and supplies, and countless prayers.
Limited by the virus and underlying health conditions, our hearts are moved by God’s love that is revealed in the kindness of others.
By the generosity of others, my life is full and abundant. I could not be more grateful and I hope to return this kindness in our tomorrows.
Let us find God, and be grateful.
Let us trust in God, and be hopeful.
And let us reflect God’s love, and answer prayers.
As a form of conclusion, here is a timely and beautiful prayer from Fr. Richard Rohr:
O Great Love, thank you for living and loving in us and through us. May all that we do flow from our deep connection with you and all beings. Help us become a community that vulnerably shares each other’s burdens and the weight of glory. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. [Please add your own intentions.] . . . Knowing you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God, amen.